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I am from filthy bare feet
And a '94 Chevy truck
Ponytails and Rolled-down windows
Luscious green cornfields
The cleansing smell after it rains

I am from the fragrant aroma
Of warm chess pie
So fresh
I taste Grandmother's slanted cursive recipe

From their rolling farmland,
Imbedded into my soul
And four-wheeler rides at dusk
Holding on by Granddaddy's belt loops

I am from summer humidity,
Cherry sugar dripping
From a nearly bare Popsicle stick,
A sticky red grin on my face

I am from the potato chip sound
Of multi-colored leaves,
Crunching,
Underneath my feet

I am from the arm I broke
To satisfy my 1 1/2 year old curiosity
From sling and cast
As a reminder and punishment,
For taking that adventurous lunge

I am from God's thumbprint
His special mark on me
From my faithful assembly
At a country Baptist church
Among shady Walnut trees

I am from Sunday dinner
At T's house
From the creamy potato soup
And delicate lemon pie,
Prepared in love
I am from approaching heat,
Dirty hands,
And wood chips
Heaped high
Around blossoming Bradford Pears

I am from a healing breeze,
Winter's good-bye kiss
From Candyland sunsets
And blissful starry nights
Where the crickets reign

I am from the snap of a camera
Captured moments,
A tiny girl with straight, dark hair
And cornflower blue eyes
Kneeling in the yellow buttercups;
A teenager halfway smiling,
From the same patch of golden memories

Despite my young ignorance,
I understand my heritage and my core
These things aren’t what’s around me
Or what’s in my past…
They are what I will surely become




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Chelsea D. said...
Nov. 9, 2009 at 9:43 pm:
I love the detail and the soul that you put into this--you can really tell that you care about the subject and it really describes how you felt when you wrote it. absolutely beautiful. =] thanks for your comment on my work!
 
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DrStevelPoetalaKing said...
Sept. 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm:
Of all the poems i have read on this site, and i'm talking alot. This has to be one of the very best written. The detail and understanding of country life is amazing at least to say. your a Goddess. Thats what i see in your words. Keep up the good work. I see aother great auther comming from the hills of Kentucky!
 
Olivia B. replied...
Sept. 27, 2009 at 5:08 pm :
Wow, you just made my day! Thank you very very very much!
 
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Sara123 said...
Sept. 22, 2009 at 5:59 pm:
this is so good. I love the detail.
 
Olivia B. replied...
Sept. 27, 2009 at 5:09 pm :
Thank you very much:)
 
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Chelsea M. said...
Sept. 22, 2009 at 4:51 pm:
Impressive. My friend in middle school had to do the same type of project. Speak who she is through the words of a poem. I would enjoy this project, but sadly I had a different class! Very nice. :D
 
emily.louise replied...
Sept. 27, 2009 at 2:05 pm :
I did one like this too.
 
Olivia B. replied...
Sept. 27, 2009 at 5:11 pm :
Thanks! I guess it's a popular assignment! Haha!
 
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